Women in South Africa are making tremendous strides in working toward gender equality. BuaNews online reports:

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has applauded the strides made in empowering women in the public service.

A little over half of the people working in government are women, which is evidence of government’s efforts to create gender equality.

“I am heartened by the presence of so many women senior managers in the public service who represent a clear testimony that South Africa is taking the right direction to recognise women for their abilities, expertise and talents.

“To date, the number of women in government across all salary levels totals more than 600 000, compared to men at more than 500 000,” said the Deputy President, speaking at the launch of a two-day Public Service Gender Indaba on Monday.

“We need to eradicate all patriarchal impediments in the public service which include discrimination against pregnancy, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and age.

“We need to ensure that there is not a single area that women are not involved in this country,” said Ms Fraser-Moleketi.

All delegates at the Indaba were given a whistle and on the minister’s queue were asked to blow the whistle on gender discrimination, violence against women and children, and for the empowerment of women.